Significance to humans

Despite their extrovert behavior, drongos have made little impact on human society and culture except for the black drongo. This species, a familiar urban commensal across southern Asia, is often cultivated in captivity there. Black drongos from Taiwan were also introduced successfully to Rota in the southern Marianas (Micronesia) in the 1930s, and from there had colonized neighboring Guam by the early 1960s. Its other vernacular name—king crow—celebrates its nerve and pugnacity in driving off predatorial birds much larger than itself.

Dicrurus Megarhynchus

1. Greater racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus); 2. Ashy drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus); 3. Square-tailed drongo (Dicrurus ludwigii); 4. Ribbon-tailed drongo (Dicrurus megarhynchus); 5. Pygmy drongo (Chaetorhynchus papuensis); 6. Black drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus). (Illustration by Brian Cressman)

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